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Summary

The complete collection of all 16 episodes from this gripping BBC Radio crime series

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he gets his own back, introducing 16 tales of detectives whose abilities rival that of the great Sherlock Holmes.

Starring James Fleet (series one, three and four) and Tim Piggott-Smith (series two) as Lestrade, with casts featuring Andrew Scott, Paul Rhys, Anton Lesser, Honeysuckle Weeks, Rupert Vansittart, John Sessions, Marcia Warren and Tim McInnerny.

Dramatised for radio by Chris Harrald, these stories are written by masters of the crime and thriller genre, all contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle.

They include:
"The Murders on the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle
"Murder by Proxy" by Matthias McDonnel Bodkin
"The Mystery of Redstone Manor" by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
"The Problem of the Superfluous Finger" by Jacques Futrelle
"The Clue of the Silver Spoons" by Robert Barr
"The Intangible Clue" by Anna Katharine Green
"The Game Played in the Dark" by Ernest Bramah
"The Kinght's Cross Signal Problem" by Ernest Bramah
"A Snapshot" by Matthias McDonnel Bodkin
"Seven, Seven, Seven - City" by Julius Chambers
"The Moabite Cipher" by R Austin Freeman
"The Clairvoyants" by Arthur B. Reeve
"The Stanway Cameo Mystery" by Arthur Morrison
"The Secret of Dunstan's Tower" by Ernest Bramah
"The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread" by Jacques Futrelle 

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko (series one) and Liz Webb (series two, three, four)

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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fantastic storytelling

fantastic storytelling, well adapted from the original works. typical bbc adaptation of the highest quality

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  • 16-10-21

fantastic!!

This is one of the best productions I've heard!! The stories were so good and the only bad thing is it's over. Will there be a 2nd one done? I hope so!! Thankyou for the hours of enjoyment- I'm going to listen to it again!

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  • 05-06-22

Excellent performances

Felt like I was there in the room, couldn’t stop listening and even replayed, would recommend.